Loudonville Siena sophomore forward Thomas Huerter planned on texting his younger brother, Kevin, after Sunday's practice. Thomas Huerter was looking for a scouting report on Bucknell. In a case of unusual timing, the Bison are playing the brothers from Shenendehowa High only two days apart. On Saturday, Bucknell lost 80-78 at Maryland, whose starting lineup includes Kevin Huerter, a 6-foot-7 sophomore guard. On Monday, Thomas Huerter is expected to make the second start of his career when the Saints (0-3) take on Bucknell (0-4) of the Patriot League at 7 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Troy High (5-0) remained atop the New York State Sportswriters poll Wednesday morning, No. 1 since the poll began four weeks ago. Shaker (5-0) remained at No. 15 with the unbeaten Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks (5-0) breaking into the poll at No. 25. Christian Brothers Academy (3-2) and Shenendehowa (4-1) were honorable mentions this week.
Undefeated Troy High (6-0) retained its No. 1 position in Wednesday morning's Class AA New York State Sportswriter poll, no surprise after the Flying Horses 40-15 win over Shaker (5-1). Saratoga (6-0) moved up five spots to No. 20 after a 40-12 win over Albany High (0-6) while the Blue Bison fell from its previous spot at No.
TROY, N.Y. >> There were few surprises at Troy High Friday night in the Flying Horses 50-14 over Shenendehowa in the Class AA semifinal - if you were a Troy fan. The number one ranked, undefeated and defending New York State Sportswriters Association had an opportunity to show the capacity crowd in attendance and the televised audience what its prolific offense was able to do and that it had a defense to match.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. >> When the horn sounded after week six Friday night, Ballston Spa boarded its bus after another loss and was looking at a post-season that hopefully would include two crossover contests. For Shenendehowa, the 41-7 victory represented another step towards the No. 2 seed in the Empire Division as it continues to rebound after a week two loss at the hands of Saratoga Springs.
DEL MAR >> There's a new king in horse racing and it's Gun Runner. The 4-year-old colt won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday, sending rival Arrogate to a third straight career-ending defeat at Del Mar. Gun Runner ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.
It was a rough week for thoroughbred racing. Wednesday night, multiple graded stakes winner Effinex died after suffering a ruptured pulmonary artery in his stall at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. The six-year-old son of Mineshaft had recently been moved to the farm after standing his initial season earlier this year at Questroyal North in Stillwater.
Another of the Stars of Saratoga made a major statement for the second weekend in a row, as Travers Stakes winner West Coast romped in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby last Saturday. The week before, World Approval overpowered the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile after capturing the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga.
Joe Casale, awarded by one of his Troy football teammates some purple and gold beads normally associated with Mardi Gras, was positively giddy talking at the Syracuse Carrier Dome Sunday night about the Flying Horses' year-long quest to match the Class AA title the 2016 squad secured. This season's Troy team had just captured a 41-26 championship verdict over Lancaster. Two straight titles, and each season ended with a 13-0 record. And each season's exploits and culmination only added to the legacy of the best Section II large-school in the 25-year history of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association football tournament.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. >> It isn't officially cold and flu season, but it certainly appeared that way Friday night as there were plenty of (yellow) handkerchiefs thrown onto the turf at Brent T. Steuerwald Stadium in the latter half of the Class AA quarterfinal between Shenendehowa and visiting Colonie.
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Athlete of the Year: Izzy Lynch, Sr., Niskayuna In the final game of her illustrious high school career at Niskayuna, Izzy Lynch didn't score. But that hardly tells the whole story of a remarkable season that warranted a second consecutive Athlete of the Year nod by the Times Union for large-school girls' soccer. Lynch still was the catalyst of a team that came up one win shy of its third consecutive Class AA championship. She had 15 goals and nine assists, and the UConn commit even posted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win against defensively sound Bethlehem in the semifinals. This year's achievements were accomplished with a less experienced team, and defenses felt they could afford to hound her even more than previous years.
New York Aaron Boone acknowledges that one of his first tasks as New York Yankees manager is to convince his players he can do the job. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's successor at a Yankee Stadium news conference on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. "That's a respect you earn, and hopefully I think in short order I'll be able to earn that respect, that they'll be able to look at me, trust in me, know that I have their interest at heart, but know that hopefully I know what the heck I'm talking about," he said. "That's something that you have to earn over the initial days in spring training, in the season.
New York Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024. A memo from the NFL's compensation committee to team owners and obtained by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension. That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the process. All 32 owners approved in May the compensation committee's power to negotiate and sign a deal with Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006. Since then, the league's total revenues have more than doubled to over $13 billion.
East Rutherford, N.J. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. A week after being benched by former coach Ben McAdoo, Manning was put back into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys by interim coach Steve Spagnuolo. "My gut right now says Eli should be the starter," Spagnuolo said in explaining the move after practice Wednesday. The 36-year-old Manning was told of the decision on Tuesday. He had walked into Spagnuolo's office on Monday after McAdoo was fired and told the former defensive coordinator that he wanted to start again. "It's important to play, that's what I love to do," Manning said after practice.
Jessica Fequiere scored a game-high 19 points to rally the University at Albany women's basketball team to a 62-56 win over Manhattan Wednesday in Riverdale. The Great Danes overcame a 12-point deficit to win their fourth straight road game. Manhattan (2-6) shot 90 percent from the field in the first quarter in building their double-digit lead, but UAlbany held the Jaspers to a six points in second quarter and trailed 27-22 at halftime. Fequiere gave UAlbany (6-2) its first lead since the first quarter with a fast break layup early in the third quarter. UAlbany went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter and gradually pulled away down the stretch.
New York Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night. Porzingis scored 12 after halftime as the Knicks rebounded from consecutive losses without their top two scorers that had dropped them under .500. Porzingis came back from his sprained right ankle and illness, but Tim Hardaway Jr. has a stress injury in his lower left leg and has begun a treatment and rehabilitation plan. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Celtics 97, Mavericks 90: Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Boston slip past Dallas.